Southeast Asia current and proposed railways [2017]

Current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia – every line mapped In 2016 I compiled every current and proposed railway in Southeast Asia and created the Future Southeast Asia Railway Map, which depicted all current and proposed railways as a subway map. [Future Southeast Asia Railway Map – 2016 version (Click for larger image).] I’ve […]

Future Southeast Asia – A map of proposed railways in Southeast Asia

What would Southeast Asia look like if it had a fully functioning railway network? I have thought about this many times, usually while on a bus ride from hell (Huay Xai to Luang Prabang springs to mind). I envision it to be a cross between China’s high-speed rail network and Europe’s international InterCity services. With […]

A complete guide to train travel in Southeast Asia

Travel by train is a great way to experience the landscapes of Southeast Asia, and to meet the people who live here. Personally I think train travel the best way to travel in the region, and I always choose it if it’s a suitable option. With low cost airlines having revolutionised travel in Southeast Asia, […]

Bagan Travel Guide

Travel Guides > Myanmar > Bagan Travel Guide Book Bagan Accommodation Where to stay in Bagan While Bagan is often compared to Angkor Wat in terms of geographical size and the amount of temple ruins, there is no support town that is comparable to Siem Reap. When people refer to Bagan they refer to the […]

Yangon Travel Guide

Travel Guides > Myanmar > Yangon Travel Guide Accommodation HotelsCombined – Yangon Hotels – Search and compare all Yangon hotel deals from hundreds of accommodation sites at once. Travel Guides Dos & Don’ts For Tourists – Avoid cultural faux pas by studying these cartoons from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Myanmar Survival Guide – […]

Myanmar Travel Guide

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Mandalay Travel Guide

Travel Guides > Myanmar > Mandalay Travel Guide Ahh Mandalay, surely one of the most evocative destination names in the world (up there with Zanzibar and Timbuktu). Rudyard Kipling may have had something to do with that with his poem (On the road to) Mandalay. For our generation, being in the middle of a land […]

In Pictures: A day on Inle Lake – Myanmar

My trip to Myanmar (Burma) was already off to a flying start, with highlights such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and cycling around the temples of Bagan. I had heard much of these places so I was prepared to be wowed (which I was). What I didn’t figure on was how much of a […]

The temples of Bagan – Myanmar

After visiting the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon I was wondering if anything could top that in Myanmar? It didn’t take long to find out, with my next stop at Bagan. [Temples on the Bagan Plain] Ancient Bagan Bagan is the site of a ruined city in central Myanmar that was a powerful capital nearly […]

Shwedagon Pagoda – The cure for temple fatigue

[Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon – Myanmar] Visitors to Europe would be familiar with the phenomenon of being cathedralled out. This is when you visit lots of cathedrals in a short space of time, to the point that you tire of even the grandest of cathedrals. The same happens with the temples of Asia. To be […]